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2019 Melges 20 World League - European Division Leg 2, Puntaldia - Day 2

by Melges World League 25 May 2019 11:27 PDT 24-26 May 2019
Russian Bogatyrs on day 2 of the Melges 20 World League European Division Leg 2, Puntaldia © International Melges 20 Class Association

After the no race of yesterday set by the lack of wind, the second leg of the European Melges World League was launched today on the race course of Puntaldia, where three races were held in a South-Easterly breeze blowing at around 7 knots. The instability of the breeze, together with the total newness of the race course of Puntaldia, where the Melges 20 sailors had never sailed before, made the tactical choices from today particularly difficult.

The script, at least for now, seems to be the same as in Villasimius, with Russian Bogatyrs, number one in the world ranking and winner of the event of Villasimius, continues to set the pace by imposing its superiority: Igor Rytov and his men, at the end of the three races of today, gain the leadership of a ranking that is still very open to any revolution with the races of tomorrow. Russian Bogatyrs is in fact the leader but on equal points with an increasingly convincing crew, the Argentine Boogie 2.0 of Pierluigi Giannattasio with Giulio Desiderato on tactics (4-3-5 his partial scores) while the reigning World Champions on Italians Stig by Alessandro Rombelli (with Victor Diaz de Leon) chases just 3 points from the leading pair.

The challenge on the race course of Puntaldia begun today with the success of Stig in the first race, followed by the bullet in the second race of the Russian Pirogovo by Alexender Ezhkov. Third winner of the day is the Corinthian team Siderval from Marco Giannini that, with this result, confirms the increased level of his crew.

Tomorrow, the final day of racing will designate the name of the winner of the second Act of the Melges 20 World League, hosted in Puntaldia.

The Melges 20 World League event in Puntaldia is supported by the local partners Swiss Life, Tirrenia, Comune di San Teodoro, Consorzio di Puntaldia, ImmobilSarda, Mag.nus, Ichnusa, Catellani & Smith, Aeroporto Olbia-Costasmeralda, Ristorante Silvio, Cantina Santa Margherita, Cantina Nuraghe Crabioni, Cantina Del Vermentino Monti, Cantina Argiolas, Beta, Moby, La Serra Fiorita, Auriemma.

Melges World League is supported by Helly Hansen, North Sails, Tiirenia, Quantum Sails, Garmin Marine, La Thuile, Rocket Performance, Revi Trento Doc, Loison Pasticceri dal 1938, Rigoni di Asiago, Dai Dai, Norda, XPouf, Le Formiche di Fabio Vettori and One Ocean. Melges World League European Division also counts on the team partners support by UYN (thanks to Brontolo and G3Bau Sailing Team) and l'Enoteca (thanks to Fra Martina Sailing Team).

Melges Europe and Melges World League strongly support One Ocean Foundation and Charta Smeralda.

Event page: yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=7327

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